I'm asking for exactly what I stated in my title. The problem with "workforce" is that it denotes a blue-collar, manual labor kind of image. Is there a similar single noun word that might infer more white-collar-like image?

Sample: "I'm looking to re-enter the workforce again very soon!"

  • 1
    I think workforce doesn't really have a blue collar connotation for everyone. And it can always be modified with white-collar if necessary. For your sample sentence why not be a bit more explicit: I'm looking to re-enter the <engineering> workforce or whatever. – Jim Nov 20 '15 at 7:02
  • @henchmanjustin Why do you think that "workforce" denotes a blue-collar, manual labor kind of image? – Elian Nov 20 '15 at 8:39

An alternative might be: "I'm looking to resume a profession." As said in the comments, though, the "workforce" is not limited to blue-collar work. It applies to the whole spectrum of employees. Blue-collar workers might be referred to as something like the "manual workforce" to distinguish them.

| improve this answer | |
  • Does it include pink and green collar workers too? Or grey-collar workers? How about gold-collar? – Blessed Geek Nov 20 '15 at 10:21
  • 1
    All collars—except dog collars. – ralph.m Nov 20 '15 at 12:56

Workforce definition actually includes all kinds of workers.

  • All the people working or available to work, as in a nation, company, industry, or on a project. (AHD)

If you want to be more specific you may refer to professional workforce.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.